Contrary to popular belief, I wasn’t a straight-A student when I was still studying. Well, I had my ups and downs when I was in school. Most of the ups were during my elementary and highschool years because I think I did great back then. I was in star sections all through out and was getting conduct and diligence awardee. I did made my parents proud.
And well, most of the downs happened in college. But not really because I still enjoyed every bit of my college experience even after failing two of my subjects.
I studied in Mapua Institute of Technology-Makati for college. It was a last-minute change because I broke up with my highschool boyfriend back then. I wanted to switch schools so I won’t see him again. I originally was set to study at our local DLSU-Dasmarinas, where both of my brothers went and where my ex-boyfriend was studying. And going to Mapua was a very wise decision, something that I didn’t knew right then and there. But I did realize eventually.
Mapua has four quarters. Meaning, you get four semesters per year and you don’t get two months of summer vacation. But you get to graduate early. Well, that is, if you don’t fail anything.
A lot of people said that studying in Mapua is hard. I knew people who switched schools after a year or even less than that. But for me, it wasn’t that hard. You just have to work harder. You get challenged a lot with school work and professors who doesn’t give a damn. Also, there was a saying that, “Hindi ka Mapuan kung wala kang bagsak.” And yes, I did fail two subjects and I was two semesters delayed. Instead of graduating in 2007, I graduated in early 2008. But it was part of the process of growing up.
There’s also a saying that, “You’ll meet your soulmate in college.” And I do believe I did meet him. Haha, masingit lang. Plus, I met the greatest guy friends. It’s a guy-populated school, you know. And for the record, I enjoyed my college life more than my highschool life. It was really different.
I don’t regret every little bit of what happened to me in college. And whatever happened back then, shaped me for who I am. I don’t think I’ll ever get the confidence I have anywhere else. Studying in a fast-paced school will teach you how to multi-task, to be a fast-learner, a go-getter, and to have that confidence and diskarte to get what you want.
And they say that you will face the real world right after you graduate college. I do agree to that. I got my first job a month after graduating (YEY!) but got laid-off after three months (BOO!). Competition was tight. Again, it’s also a part of the process to make me realize what I really wanted to do, and what type of job I would fit into. So I don’t regret that at all. After that, everything was a whirlwind.
I’m not saying that I’m in that part of my career where I would say, “This is it. I made it.” I’m waaaaay far from that yet, not even close. Sobrang dami ko pang kailangang matutunan. But I’m going there and I always tell myself that I will be there someday. Because once you have confidence and you believe in yourself, everything you want may happen.
Don’t be afraid to get what you want. You may get rejection along the way, or things may not go as planned. But always remember that God has a BETTER plan. You just don’t realize it yet. And you will realize it once you battle on it, with Him, along the way. And then you’ll say this to yourself, “Now I know why that happened,” and smile.